Forget Fornaroli, Warren Joyce handed major Melbourne City injury blow

A dramatic few weeks for the club doesn't look like easing up anytime soon

Bruno Fornaroli was inevitably the subject of discussion after Melbourne City failed to score in a 1-0 loss to Perth Glory and Warren Joyce refused to bite as he revealed a serious injury blow. 

The City coach brushed off questions about the Uruguayan when asked what he has to do to get back in the squad for next week's clash against Adelaide United.  

"I've answered every single question I possible could about Bruno, I'd rather talk about the players tonight driving the game, the 10 men at the end showing commitment to the cause," Joyce said.

Despite failing to fire, City held their own against the league leaders in Western Australia and also had to cope without foreigners Florin Berenguer and Ritchie De Laet.

Both were ruled out on late after respective injuries with Joyce admitting the Frenchman could be out for months with a calf injury, while De Laet is being monitored.

"Florin could be several weeks," he said. 

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"De Laet we're just managing. I mentioned last week the injury and it's just flared up."

Berenguer has impressed since joining City with one assist to his name and his absence further weakens a City attack unlikely to feature a recognised striker anytime soon with Fornaroli expected to leave the club in January.

Another foreigner in the form of Scottish winger Michael O'Halloran is inching towards his A-League debut after sustaining a hamstring injury in pre-season.